Be An Encourager
on January 27th, 2023
Then Job spoke again:"I have heard all this before. What miserable comforters you are!Won't you ever stop blowing hot air?What makes you keep on talking?I could say the same things if you were in my place.I could spout off criticism and shake my head at you.But if it were me, I would encourage you.I would try to take away your grief.Instead, I suffer if I defend myself.And I suffer no less if I re...  Read More
It Never Pays To Be Wicked
on January 26th, 2023
The wicked writhe in pain throughout their lives.Years of trouble are stored up for the ruthless.The sound of terror rings in their ears, and even on good days they fear the attack of the destroyer. . . They know their day of destruction is near.That dark day terrifies them.They live in distress and anguish. . . For they shake their fists at God, defying the Almighty. . . These wicked people are h...  Read More
Naked Truth: Our Hearts Are Wicked
on January 25th, 2023
Is God's comfort too little for you?Is His gentle word not enough?What has taken away your reason?What has weakened your vision, that you turn against God and say all these evil things?Can any mortal be pure?Can anyone born of a woman be just?Look, God does not even trust the angels.Even the heavens are not absolutely pure in His sight.How much less pure is a corrupt and sinful person with a thirs...  Read More
Castigation In the Midst of Suffering
on January 24th, 2023
Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied:A wise man wouldn't answer with such empty talk!You are nothing but a windbag.The wise don't engage in empty chatter.What good are such words?Have you no fear of God, no reverence for Him?Your sins are telling your mouth what to say.Your words are based on clever deception.Your own mouth condemns you, not I.Your own lips testify against you.Were you the first pers...  Read More
You and I are Very Frail
on January 23rd, 2023
"How frail is humanity!How short is life, how full of trouble!We blossom like a flower and then wither.Like a passing shadow, we quickly disappear.Must you keep an eye on such a frail creature and demand an accounting from me?Who can bring purity out of an impure person? No one!You have decided the length of our lives.You know how many months we will live, and we are not given a minute longer.So l...  Read More
Take Your Case To God
on January 22nd, 2023
Look, I have seen all this with my own eyes and heard it with my own ears, and now I understand.I know as much as you do. You are no better than I am.As for me, I would speak directly to the Almighty.I want to argue my case with God Himself.As for you, you smear me with lies.As physicians, you are worthless quacks.If only you could be silent!That's the wisest thing you could do. . . Your platitude...  Read More
If Only God Would Speak
on January 21st, 2023
Then Zophar the Naamathite replied to Job:Shouldn't someone answer this torrent of words?Is a person proven innocent just by a lot of talking?Should I remain silent while you babble on?When you mock God, shouldn't someone make you ashamed?You claim, 'My beliefs are pure,' and 'I am clean in the sight of God.'If only God would speak; if only He would tell you what He thinks!If only He would tell yo...  Read More
Bitter Words From an Ignorant Man
on January 20th, 2023
"I am disgusted with my life. Let me complain freely. My bitter soul must complain.I will say to God, 'Don't simply condemn me -- tell me the charges you are bringing against me.What do you gain by oppressing me?Why do you reject me, the work of your own hands, while smiling on the schemes of the wicked?. . . Although you know I am not guilty, no one can rescue me from your hands.You formed me wit...  Read More
Yes, There's A Mediator For Us!
on January 19th, 2023
"God is not a mortal like me, so I cannot argue with Him or take Him to trial.If only there were a mediator between us, someone who could bring us together.The mediator could make God stop beating me, and I would no longer live in terror of His punishment.Then I could speak to Him without fear, but I cannot do that in my own strength."Job 9:32-35. These words of Job speak to the deepest needs of h...  Read More
God Is Too Marvelous To Understand!
on January 18th, 2023
. . . But how can a person be declared innocent in God's sight?If someone wanted to take God to court, would it be possible to answer Him even once in a thousand times?For God is so wise and so mighty.Who has ever challenged Him successfully?Without warning, He moves the mountains, overturning them in His anger.He shakes the earth from its place, and its foundations tremble.If He commands it, the ...  Read More
Life Without God Is a Hopeless End
on January 17th, 2023
"Can papyrus reeds grow tall without a marsh?Can marsh grass flourish without water?  While they are still flowering, not ready to be cut, they begin to wither more quickly than grass. The same happens to all who forget God.The hopes of the godless evaporate.Their confidence hangs by a thread.They are leaning on a spider's web.They cling to their home for security, but it won't last. . . The godle...  Read More
A Frank Talk With God
on January 16th, 2023
Is not all human life a struggle?Our lives are like that of a hired hand; like a worker who longs for the shade,Like a servant waiting to be paid.I, too, have been assigned months of futility, Long and weary nights of misery.Lying in bed, I think, 'When will it be morning?'But the night drags on and I toss till dawn. My body is covered with maggots and scabs.My skin breaks open, oozing with pus. ....  Read More